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Meet Oscar, Ritani's diamond expert. Whether you're looking for jewelry inspiration or diamond education, he's here to help.

Today's blog post is a guest contribution from Ruth Batson, the CEO of American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. With over 20 years of experience at the organization, Ruth is passionate about protecting and informing jewelry customers. If you’ve ever bought a diamond, chances are, it came with a grading report. The reports provide a detailed analysis of your Diamond’s Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight, also known as the 4 Cs. Diamond grading reports, also known as diamond grading documents, can come from a variety of laboratories and have a grade assigned to each of the diamonds’ major characteristics. One...

Winter has always been the most romantic season. Maybe it’s the snowflakes, or the fireplaces, or how she looks in a sweater. Combine that with the holidays, and you have the perfect environment to make memories that’ll last the rest of your lives. So how will you make this December special? Whether you plan to spend the holidays curled up at home, on vacation somewhere special, or celebrating with your family or hers, there’s endless opportunity to propose. You’ve already made the biggest, most important decision—this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now let...

1. What is palladium? Palladium is a silvery-white precious metal that looks similar to white gold and platinum. Part of the platinum group metals (PGMs), it is rare, durable, lightweight and hypoallergenic. Named after an asteroid called Pallas (and rooted in Greek mythology), this metal can be a great option for engagement rings and wedding bands. 2. How rare is palladium? According to Investopedia, it's one of the rarest metals on earth. In fact, they say it’s about 15 times more rare than platinum and 30 times more rare than gold. Most of the palladium in the world comes from two countries: Russia and...

4th of july proposal ideas

While the 4th of July is meant to be a celebration of independence, it offers the perfect setting to declare your unwavering commitment to the person you love. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to propose this coming week. It provides the perfect cover. Think about it. A party filled with friends, family, food, and drinks - topped off by spectacular fireworks? Those are the makings of an amazing proposal. It also offers the perfect pretense to invite friends and family over to witness the happy event. Pets are welcome. Pets are more likely to be welcome at a...

Looking for a unique twist on an engagement ring that doesn’t mess with the clean lines you adore? For a modern take on vintage-inspired fancy diamond shapes, an east to west engagement ring may be just the thing for you. With the center diamond positioned horizontally, rather than vertically, it stretches across the finger for a distinctive silhouette. Not only does this make a smaller diamond appear larger, it also utilizes diamond shapes which are generally less expensive. Here are a few of our favorite east to west settings! East to West Settings for Emerald Diamonds Emerald shaped diamonds are particularly well-suited for...

Everyone knows that buying online means lower prices and greater selection. But for the largest and most important purchases, people still think twice about buying online. Case in point: Many people wonder if it’s a good idea to buy diamonds online. Particularly if you’re shopping for an engagement ring, which can be one of the most nerve-wracking shopping experiences in your life. In fact, most people do about 6 weeks of research before selecting a ring, and one of the toughest questions can be whether to buy a diamond online vs in a traditional retail store. For example, a lot of...

They’re wrapping up finals and ordering their graduation gowns. It’s time for the Class of 2018 to celebrate the culmination of years of blood, sweat, and tears and enter the next chapter of their lives. It's also time for you to find a gift to mark this momentous occasion. Whether you’re a parent, sibling, relative, or friend, you’ll want to show your grad how proud you are and help them with a smooth transition as they enter the brave new world of ‘adulting’. Filled with job interviews, long-term planning, and parties that (you hope) don't include beer pong, life after...

About to get engaged or married? Then you may be wondering which finger to wear the engagement and wedding ring(s) on. In 2018, tradition holds less sway than it used to when it comes to marriage rituals. Some people like to stick to the old romantic traditions, while others decide to buck the traditions based on comfort, personal preference, or a desire to forge their own path. This can probably be said for many different countries and cultures, but it’s especially true in the U.S. So, which finger is the ring finger? In the U.S., the ring finger is traditionally considered...